Centre working under influence of capitalists: Mayawati
Agencies Posted online: Thursday , Jan 14, 2010 at 1603 hrs
Lucknow : Hitting back at the Centre for blaming the states for price
rise, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati on Thursday charged the
government with working under the influence of capitalists and
threatened a nation- wide campaign if no steps were taken to curb
"It is clear that the Centre is working under the influence and
pressure of capitalists and if it fails to take effective measures
against price hike immediately, my party will be forced to launch a
nation-wide agitation," she told a press conference here.
She alleged that the Centre's "faulty" economic, import and export
policies and its "tendency to benefit capitalists and big businessman"
resulted in skyrocketing prices.
Mayawati said the Centre failed to take timely action to control
prices of foodgrains, pulses and sugar and alleged that by making
irresponsible statements, central ministers encouraged hoarders and
"A statement given by Union Agriculture Minister that sugar prices
will rise further gave hoarders and blackmarketeers a chance to
increase the rates," she said.
She alleged that just before Lok Sabha polls, petrol and diesel prices
were slashed for political gains.
"After elections were over, the government with a clear intention of
benefiting capitalists, effected a hefty hike in petrol and diesel
prices resulting in price hike," she alleged.
"The Centre should have imposed a ban on export of rice, keeping in
mind the requirement of wheat in the country. But it allowed
large-scale exports resulting in inflation," Mayawati alleged.
She said rather than blaming the states, the Centre should change its policies.
"Instead of framing capitalist-oriented policies, the Centre should
frame policies keeping in mind the common people," she said.
"Kendra ka haath poonjipati ke saath hai, aam aadmi ke saath nahi
(Centre's backs capitalists and not the common people)," she alleged.
Mayawati said measures taken by the Centre to introduce additional
stock of foodgrains and exempt sugar from duty was a "delayed and
"Releasing additional stock and exempting sugar from duty will not
give relief to the people," she said.
Mayawati said the Centre was now mulling increasing petrol and diesel
prices. "It is crystal clear that such decisions are being taken under
the influence of capitalists,
She said her government was making all efforts to provide relief to
the people from price hike.
"District magistrates have been asked to act against hoarders and
blackmarketeers under Essential Commodities Act," she added.
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